Ernie Harsila  March 16 1940  October 11 2019

Ernie Harsila March 16 1940 October 11 2019

March 16 1940 October 11 2019
Ernie’s Obituary Ishpeming- Ernie John Harsila, a.k.a. “The Dude”, age 79, long time Ishpeming resident passed away, Friday, October 11, 2019 at UP Health System Marquette where he had been a patient for the past month. Ernie was born in Negaunee on March 16, 1940, a son of the late Aili (Salo) and Matthew Harsila. He graduated from Negaunee High School, 1958, and served his country in the U.S. Navy from 1958-1962 during the Cuban-Missile Crisis. Ernie worked for LS&I Railroad for 39 years, retiring in 2001 as an engineer-conductor. He enjoyed spending time at camp on the Dead River Basin where bocce ball was a favorite game of his. He was a member of the Dead River Campers Association, and the Bethel Lutheran Church in Ishpeming. Ernie had a great sense of humor and lived by the moto “If you don’t think every day is a good day, trying missing one.” Ernie missed his last day October 11, 2019. Ernie is survived by 3 children: Randy (Tania) Harsila, Debbie (Wayne) LaMere, and Tonya (Brad Gleason) Harsila, a brother Howard (June) Harsila, grandchildren; Tristen and Bryce Harsila, special friend Robin, along with numerous nieces and nephews. Ernie was preceded in death by his parents, wife Judy and a daughter Shawna Harsila. Honoring Ernie’s wishes, cremation will take place and a private service will be held at a later date. Memorials can be directed to St. Jude Children’s Hospital at 501 St. Jude Place Memphis, TN 38105 or at in memory of Ernie and Judy. Ernie’s obituary may be viewed at where relatives and friends may leave a note of remembrance. Read More

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death notice Ernie Harsila March 16 1940 October 11 2019

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